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  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D James

    Back in September I bought three books for my PhD because I knew they were landmarks in crime fiction and I could not allow myself to start writing about female investigators without having read those classics. One of them was An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972) by P.D James: From Goodreads: Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

    I have spent the last two weeks reading Murder by the Book by Sally Munt, a book published in the 90’s exploring feminist crime fiction. As you can imagine, there are constant references to classics, so I saw myself stopping my study routine to read two wonderful crime fiction classics that had been on my to-be-read list for quite a long time: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie and Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. From Goodreads: Mystery novelist Harriet Vane knew all about poisons, and when her fiancé died in the manner prescribed in one of her books, a jury of her peers had a hangman’s noose…

  • General Fiction,  Random

    Feminist Sundays: Classic Works by Women

    Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. This week’s Feminist Sunday was inspired by a tweet by Beth who complained about how difficult it was to find a list of classic works written by women. You know I struggle with the idea of a “classic” and how women are more often than not left out. Also, are 20th century…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

    This a post for Sadie-Jean because she owns one of the best novels of English Literature and she hasn’t read it yet! And also because I cannot wait to discuss this novel with her. The Woman in White, a victorian work by English writer Wilkie Collins, is considered the first detective novel of a period full of other famous characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Mr. Watson. When Walter Hartright gets a job as a drawing teacher at the Fairlie’s he would have never imagined he would meet  two fo the most important people in his life. Laura Fairlie is the typical victorian lady: squeamish and very sensitive, she is…